Cuba Shopping

  • Shopping
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  • The beautiful beach at Guardalavaca
    The beautiful beach at Guardalavaca
    by TOFFY
  • Lots of wood carvings,  & musical instruments
    Lots of wood carvings, & musical...
    by TOFFY

Cuba Shopping

  • Handcraft

    Trinidad Shopping

    Trinidad has a large outdoor craft market that goes on for blocks. Primary items seemed to be wood carvings, jewelry, knitted garments, dolls and toys. Some of the vendors are really creative—I was laughing at a camera made from beer cans (flattened metal covered a small block of wood, and the top half of a beer can stuck out from the front of it.)...

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  • Cuban Rum

    Roooooon!!!!Havana Club is excellent rum. You can find different types of it in different price ranges. Its available in most tourist stores throughout Cuba and in your hotel's gift shop. Starts at $10 USD a bottle

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  • Tourist shopping is a new idea in ...

    Until recently farmers were not allowed to sell their goods in the open market. You will now start to see farmer's markets where you can walk around stalls and pick up a few items. I am sure that for a few dollars you can buy the whole stall.The idea of general stores or department stores has only develped since the introduction of the dollar, and...

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  • The Peso Cigar!

    Peso cigars are what the locals get to smoke. Instead of the finely crafted tubes of the best tobacco leaves the Cubans get to smoke these instead. I will not smoke one as I do not partake but just by inspection I see they have not been rolled to the same exacting standards and seem to contain a variety of tobacco products inside. Obviously...

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  • Smoking good cigars

    Depending on what you like and how much you want to spend, Vivian at the Hotel Melia Cohiba (excellent selections) 2nd floor smoke shop and bar is very informative as well very beautiful. Get her to show you how check a cigar for quality and how to properly trim and light it.Hotels Parque Central, Ingeleterra and Riveria have good selections with...

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  • SHOPPING IN CUBA

    Popular Buys include Cuban Cigars, rum, liqueors, arts and crafts. T-shirts and records and cassettes of Cuban music. Hotels and airports have duty-free shops. Art objects (including artifacts and paintings) purchased in Cuba must be accompanied by an export permit. Cigars not accompanied by an official receipt may be seized. Cuban authorities may...

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  • Film posters from the ICAIC

    the ICAIC film shops. the two location (that i know of) are mentioned in the "off the beaten path" tips section. as mentioned in the "off the beaten path" tip section, you can buy beautiful, hand-silkscreened film posters of both cuban and foreign films. they're CUC 10 each, and worth every penny. CUC 10/poster.

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  • Cuban art

    best you can find are all around street vendors those art are specific in colour, themes, size small from 2 CUC...bigger up to 100 CUC or even more (don't forget stamp for custom)

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  • Don't buy first thing you see

    If you like some souvenir offered with your first step in new city, don't buy. The chance you'll find it cheaper is big or negotiate at first if you don't have time or hate bargaining.You can not bargaining in state shop, but market and street vendors do expect your involvement in process. Street/market souvenirs Don't pay first price.

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  • Cigars

    Shop with cigars, cigarillos, cigarettes, rum.Nice place, friendly stuff, credit cards accepted, place to taste cigar and some coctail (there is small bar). Anything you buy there it's good quality and legal !Ask staff to help you buy gifts here. Cheapest cigars in the world couse it's home of excellent cigars.

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  • Che banknote

    For the real collectors of banknotes, cuban pesos are unique, specially 3 Peso banknote with Che Guevara. This is 3-CUC note aka convertible peso which is not common (usually you have banknotes 1,2,5,10...but 3?!?!) to see.People on the street (around touristic sites) will offer you a "Che" peso with value of almost zero for 1 CUC (0.86 EUR). 1...

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  • Local craft

    Wooden carvings, jewelry like necklaces and bracelets made from wood and grain, T-shirts with Che. Never pay the price they ask, always try to bargain.

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  • an airport store anomaly

    I found guayabera shirts of high quality at the same or lower prices at the airport store than I found at even the most inexpensive shops in Havana. To find a good deal at an airport store is so unusual that I am a little nervous about placing this tip, because times change and it may not be true when you visit. If you arrive and depart through the...

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  • Markets in Havana

    I visited 3 street markets in Havana and they were much like traditional markets that have been converted to tourist craft markets as seen throughout the Carribean and Latin America. They did not include the large traditional local market activitity often seen still associated with these markets outside of Cuba, but there was still the expectation...

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  • Cuban Exchange Rates

    Here's a link that gives you Cuba's latest exchange rate with most of the major world currencies. It changes quite frequently but not based on any sound economic data but rather at the whim of the Cuban government:http://www.bancopopulardeahorro.com/Since Fidel has tried to rein in the black market economy. Cuba has become much more expensive for...

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  • Cigars

    When you leave Cuba, you may carry with you up to 23 cigars without having an official purchase receipt. If you carry more than 23 cigars you need to show the purchase receipt, official certificate (big receipt with a few colourful copies attached for the store, the state and you), and the case with the holografic seal, otherwise the cigars will...

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  • Just some tips about shopping

    When paying, be aware that there are many places that accept CUC and cuban pesos. As U will be the one with the hard currency as cubans use cuban pesos, the salesman will want to receive CUC. Just in some isolated cases they will ask for cuban pesos because they don't have the right to accept CUC. Always remember that the far U are from the...

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  • Street Food

    You can buy some cheap food from the street venders in most Cuban cities. Common items are churros, pizzas, croquettes and sandwiches. However, if you have a sensitive stomach... let the buyer beware! However, it's all very cheap and probably the cheapest food you'll find in Cuba. Most accept moneda national which is the cheaper of the two...

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  • a rum old place..

    duty free at the airport. rum,rum and more rum..we found that the rum at the airport was quite a bit cheaper than at the hotel shops.we especially like the havana club..anejo special and anejo 7..very good..we bought one coming into cuba to drink in our room with the coke in the mini bar. ordinary havana club was about £3 a litre..the 7 year old...

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  • Cuban Cigars

    CUBAN CIGARS!!Enough said! You will find high quality cigars in Cuba that you won't find anywhere else. There is a wide variety of cigars ranging from size and taste. I prefer the Romeo Y Juliettas, but if you want what El Presidente smokes get yourselt some of the famed Cohibas.Be careful of where you buy them. Many locals will try to sell them...

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  • Shopping at the Havana Market

    One of the first things I did when I was in Havana was head straight to the market. There was one close to the malecon. It was bursting with life, music, colours and peopple bustling about. You can find the most beautifully crafter things there. Everything from afro-cuban statues, handmade bags, carvings, instruments and most beautiful painings. I...

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  • US Currency Used if Shopping

    All shops and retail sales places are very colourful and friendly and expect one to barter with them concerning the price of an item. Popular buys include Cuban Cigars, rum, liqurs, arts and crafts, T-shirts and cassettes and CD's of Cuban music. Not very expensive in dollars and cents compared to our prices in Canada.

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  • Rum

    We purchased the Havana Club Rum, which seems to be quite popular. Despite the fact that I am not a rum drinker or lover, I had my friends tell me they quite fancied the dark Havana Club. Rich and full bodied.We were allowed to bring back 2 bottles per person into Canada, this was in Year 2000, so please check if this has changed.

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  • Cigars

    Who wouldn't want to savour a cigar in Cuba. Just be aware that there are a lot of FAKES out there and it is very very easy to be fooled.TIP: Always, always, always buy from a reputable dealer. The last thing you want to do is to purchase cigars off the street, we met a few people who were fooled very easily into that.Some key things to look for to...

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  • Arte y Mas

    On Saturday's there is a local art market not far from the cathedral in Old Havana. Unfortunately, I dont remember the exact name of the area it is in, but I am sure you can ask and anyone can tell you where it is. If you dont speak Spanish, just say "Donde esta el mercado de arte?" and Im sure someone can assist you. On my last day, being an art...

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  • Nothing o buy

    I think nothing special to buy in a shops The most popular things in Cuba: cigars, and rom. In the tourist shop one box of sigars costs abt 350 euro. On the streets it costs from 20$ till 50$ (I think they are the same) Only one example: bottle of local beer in tourist zone costs abt 2$, outside 0.75 $

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  • Cuban Music - Los Naranjos

    Respeta mi TamboThe "son", undoubtably the most recognized and traditional sound of CubaStrong Afro-Cuba / Afro-French and Spanish influence and patterns goes back to the early 20ths of the 20th centuryLos Naranjos is a group founded in the early 20ths in Cienfuegos - central Cuba ( see my pages)

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  • Cigars and Cd

    Two shopping items in one picture.Cigars you better buy in official stores - Cd's you will find in many shops but the price for both is rather the same than in Europe.The choice and variaty for music is of course more extended. Next to those two items - have a look on the Plazza des Armes in Old Habana.Here you find old books, postcards and many...

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  • local painters

    if you get into contact with local painters, craftsmen, you might be surprised about the quality and varierty that is produced....

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  • Che Everything

    If you are a Che fan, like me, you will want to buy everything Che.....T-Shirts, Hats, Paintings, Beach Towels.Be sure to buy everything you like....when you get home, there will be at least one Che item you regret not buying. And, bad news, you won't find these things anywhere else!! Depending on where you shop for your Che-wear, you might be...

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  • Just the basics - our general food

    The shops are so particular - Bodega's, payable in return of tickets - Official government markets payable in Cuban pesos, and the American dollar markets where you can find a pallet and various choice or basics. Fresh food and fruit US dollars

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  • HAVANA : ART-WORK

    Old Havana has a wonderful art market located near Parque Luz Caballero, round the corner of the Catedral de San Cristoball de La Habana, towards the harbour.There are many huge colourful abstract art-works, those with typical La Habana look - the Chevrolets and crumbling colonial houses and other sorts of interpretations.However, I read from the...

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  • CUBAN CIGARS

    Cuban cigars are reputedly THE BEST in the world. So, naturally, buy a box or two.I know that due to the US Embargo, American citizens are not supposed to bring back Cuban cigars. I was questioned at the Cancun, Mexico airport if I had any cigars with me. I said 'no' but I actually had two. They let me through but they insisted on opening up the...

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  • CIENFUEGOS : AVENIDA 54

    The main shopping street or street with the most activity is the pedestrian part of Avenida 54 to the west side of Calle 37 (Paseo del Prado).There are some US dollar shops, especially the souvenir shops. It is a sad that Cubans who do not have any US dollars are unable to buy anything from these US-dollar places even if they have the equivalent of...

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  • HAVANA : CALLE OBISPO IN LA HABANA VIEJA

    Calle Obispo is touted as the main shopping street of Havana.OK, this is NOT Rodeo Drive. Indeed, there appear to have more shops along the pedestrian street, but with not much material goods available in Cuba, do not expect too much.There are some souvenir stores for tourists and also some household stores. For snacks, you can buy something from...

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  • RATION STORES

    A ration store is one assigned by the state to sell basic food products and necessities to Cubans. The products are rationed on a per-person basis monthly. People who come have to bring a little passport-sized notebook for the guys at the counter to make a record. On the blackboard, it was written that the food and necessities ration for April 1 to...

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  • Rum, cigars, and more rum!

    Cuba is well-known for its Rum and cigars. You may get taken to a rum museum or a cigar factory in Havana. You should at least take some home as presents for friends and family! Inexpensive, relative to prices at home.

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  • Street venders

    In every Cuba city (and town!) I've been to there is always a black market where people try to sell all manner of merchandise: crafts, clothing, toys and clever knock-off items with famous U.S. trademarks on them. It's always interesting to check out what people are offering. Some of the smaller towns only have their markets open on specific days...

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  • Local Cuban Crafts

    Local crafts were available from merchants who came each day to the resort and set up shop in the main centre. The crafts were inexpensive and since it was right at the resort made shopping all too easy. Great accent pieces for your interior decorating or to give as gifts.

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  • Ron de Cuba

    Something to bring back from Cuba is obvioulsy rum. The most famous brand is Havana Club. Choose a young rum (1 to 3 years) for mixers and an older one (5 to 7 years) to drink on its own. 4 dollars a bottle, if I remember well.

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  • Shopping on the beach

    You can buy local craft, music and various things ... right on the beach... :)Remember always to trade !!

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  • naif paintings

    You can buy happy and colourful naif paintings like this in the markets... from one to 10 dollars... depending on size. from $2 for the smallest ... up to $15 for the largest...

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